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Inter boss Roberto Mancini has been offered the chance to take over at Chelsea next season, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mancini's season in charge at San Siro has been a hostile one, filled full of off-field dramas and dressing room quarrels.

The Gazzetta dello Sport today claims that Mancini has three options available to him at the end of the season, regarding his future.

If he wins Serie A tomorrow afternoon, he can choose to stay and lead Inter into the 2008/09 season. If Roma pip the Nerazzurri to the Scudetto, Mancini will then be sacked or forced to resign. Or alternatively, Mancini can accept an offer from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to take charge at Stamford Bridge.

Current Blues coach Avram Grant is highly likely to lose his job, even if the club defeats Manchester United in the final of the Champions League next week.

Abramovich is looking for a manager who has experience with working with a squad packed with talent and personalities, and believes Mancini, who has also won two successive Scudetti, will be the perfect man.

Mancini also has the added advantage of spending several weeks in the English Premiership on loan at Leicester City at the end of his playing career in 2001.

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Grant will leave/be sacked in the summer.
Mourinho will be drowned with media telling him to return.

Mancini would have to win over many Chelski fans, IMO. He's a top manager,
but I doubt he'll go to Chelski. Milan Perhaps? You never know. Crazy things happen
in football

However, I've a sneaky feeling that Scolari or Anceloti may be tempted by the big
money on offer

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Roberto Mancini keen to fill Avram Grant's shoes at Chelsea


Roberto Mancini has emerged as one of the leading candidates to replace Avram Grant at Chelsea if, as expected, the Israeli moves upstairs at Stamford Bridge.

Despite Grant being only a matter of days away from leading Chelsea out in one of the biggest games in the club's history when they meet Manchester United in Moscow for the final of the Champions League, the coach's position is unstable.

Due to the success he has enjoyed since succeeding Jose Mourinho - especially if Chelsea lift the trophy on Wednesday night - Grant will not be cast adrift by friend and boss Roman Abramovich.

However, a replacement first-team coach is still being sought with Grant likely to revert to the director of football role he occupied before the Portuguese's departure.

Mancini, fresh from leading Inter Milan to a third consecutive Serie A title, is aware of the possibility and has made it clear that he would like to be considered for the job.

The Italian quit Inter in the wake of their Champions League defeat to Liverpool earlier this year before having a change of heart and, after overcoming problems within a divided dressing room, led the club to a last day title win at the weekend when victory over Parma ensured they saw off the challenge of Roma.

Mancini is believed to have told friends that his Inter career is over and Chelsea is his first choice destination.

Any move would be complicated by the Italian champions' long held interest in signing midfielder Frank Lampard.

Lampard is known to be considering his options once the Champions League final is out of the way and would be tempted to join one of Europe's leading clubs, especially if former manager Mourinho took charge.

The Portuguese has been linked with Inter, though reports in Italy suggest they have already lined up Cesare Prandelli of Fiorentina - the side who finished fourth in this season's Serie A to deny Inter's city rivals Milan a place in next year's Champions League.

Following Inter's title success at the weekend, Inter president Massimo Moratti did his best to assure fans that Mancini would be retained, despite Abramovich switching his focus to the Italian after losing interest in Barcelona's departing coach Frank Rijkaard.

"Mancini will be staying," said Moratti, "no one should worry about that."

Grant has grown wearily accustomed to rumours surrounding his own position almost from the outset of his managerial career at Chelsea.

As he preparers for a game that will go along way to defining his reputation both within and outside the club, he reflected that it was all part and parcel of life at a club competing at the summit of the game.

"I can't say that anything has surprised me this year," he said. "I know exactly how big clubs need to behave and the vision they need.

"I don't think I've changed. I am the same manager with the same thinking. But sometimes the club has other demands.

"You know when you are at a top club, you win nine games in a row, which was a record, and then a draw - and it is a disaster.

"It's better to think before about the situations that can come, before they happen, and be prepared."

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*Yawns, boring*

The way Chelsea (fans included) have treated Grant has been an absolute disgrace.

They shouted "you don't know what you're doing" at him, yet it was Abramovich who put him in charge.

Do they say anything to Roman, NO, because he gives them a dream team every season. :rolleyes:
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